Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Day Zero Update (five weeks)

Hello! Today is technically day 36/1,001, and I didn't update yesterday like I said I would. Well, I'm here now!

As I said in my post a few days ago, I am going to put my weight loss goals on hold until after the Christmas season. I am going to keep limiting my soda and drinking only water, but working out is just not "working out" with my current schedule. I need things to settle down a bit and get into a pattern before I start "working in" my workout sessions. Plus, Hubby STILL has to put the ab lounger together, and I am NOT looking forward to the push up challenge, although I know that it is going to help my upper body strength. I have to start with the girly pushups, which means I will probably be repeating the program once I can do 100 girly pushups.

Other than that, I am almost finished with my crosstitch project, I have one color of squares left, and then the backstitching and I am officially done! I am so excited, and will post a photo of it when it is completed. =) I am also almost finished re-reading New Moon, just in time for the movie to come out in November.

I am going to get my thank you cards finished this week. That is the only big goal of mine. I HAVE to get that done, it's rediculous that it has taken this long and I feel horrible. In fact I think I will do that tomorrow and go ahead and take them to the post office since I'm off work. I WILL DO THIS! NO EXCUSES!

I am running out of new dinners to try, but Hubby found this recipe (on Jets.com of course - football, sheesh) for honey mustard steaks that sounded pretty yummy so maybe we will try that this week. It looks like I may have to start looking for recipes again. Anyone have any good ones for a hamburger and cheese kind of guy?

Brushing and flossing are still going well, eating breakfast every morning isn't but it is a work in progress. Packing lunch hasn't been happening either, but we need food/lunch supplies at home in order for me to do that, and it just disappears too fast w/snacking. We will get there on that one.

We're also going to the KISS concert on October 13th, so that will be another check off on the list (which is number 30) in a few weeks. I am actually really freakin excited about it.

Side Note: Paramore's album Brand New Eyes came out today!! I so want to go get it after work, but I know I will probably have to wait until tomorrow. But YAY!!! =)

That's it for now! See you on Friday for another MHR post!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The New Girl...

I am so glad that football is back! I really missed it, and so far my Colts have done well! Unfortunately, (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) I have to work during my game tonight. I will probably be watching it alot, I just hope that I can keep concentrated on the job as well. I shouldn't have a problem.

The first night at work went well, it is not a hard job, and it was actually busier that morning than it was that evening. I think alot of it had to do with there were five servers in rotation and I believe I got skipped once or twice, but that's ok. I'm the new girl. Maybe tonight will be better. I already ran into quite a few people that I know there, and I think I may have a few regulars already! Which is nice.

Other than that, nothing big has happened. I think I am going to put off my weight loss goals for a few weeks, and see how much exercise I get with this new job. I may only need to run once or twice a week now, with working this job on the weekends. I still want to work on my abs, and I AM going to complete that push up challenge someday, but I am just putting it on hold for a few weeks. I have three years to get it done, although I also plan to have a baby sometime in the next year or two, so that could mess it all up right there, lol. I'll get on it maybe after the Christmas season. I'm sure I will lose a little bit right now anyway, with the added activity that this job is going to give me, which is great.

I also got to spend time with my nephew and my sister last night, as well as her new live-in boyfriend. I like him, but I don't know him yet so we shall see. Gabe was so cute last night, and he's doing SO well with sitting up on his own! The 12th was 9 months for him! He's getting so big, and he's starting to sing and use his voice to make noises, and he's very playful and interactive. I feel like by seeing him only once a month I miss so much, but at least I got to see him. Andrea is coming over on Tuesday to help me clip cats' claws, and maybe help me give them baths, so I will probably see them again that night =) I'm so glad. I was missing them both alot.

I'll update tomorrow on what my goals for the week are going to be. I WILL GET THOSE THANK YOU CARDS DONE THIS WEEK AND SENT OUT BEFORE OCTOBER FIRST! YOU HEAR THAT RACHAEL??? DO IT!!! sheesh

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Moving? Or not...

So, I went on my interview yesterday, and everything went really well! I am excited to start there, and I think I am going to fit in really well into their little group. I am also excited because it sounds like the place REALLY picks up for the football games, so it SOUNDS like it's going to be really busy and that I'm going to be making pretty decent money! I start Friday morning at 10:30, and if she thinks I can handle it, I am going to stay that evening and take tables! Yay for instant money in my pocket without the wait for training!! Woohoo! It sounds like it's going to be super easy too. Touch screen ordering system, rotation based serving situation with 3 people (that includes myself = good amount of tables) and pretty much a laid back fun atmosphere with pizza, subs and beer paired with football and fun! I can't wait to start.

Also, we went house hunting yesterday, and I have to say that we saw ALOT of cute mobile homes. Some we know were out of our price range, but some we think we can swing, and I'm excited to see if we get approved. We're putting an offer on this cute little place with a ramp on the front porch for Hubby (he has bad knees) an AWESOME kitchen with a DISHWASHER for me. (I'm a simple gal, but I HATE doing dishes) It came with appliances, had a nice sized master bedroom with a garden tub in the master bath, and two other bedrooms for our office and Hubby's "toy room" for all his collectibles. I didn't take any photos, and I am trying not to get my hopes up, because I don't think we will get approved, but we don't know unless we try. So, PLEASE say a little prayer for us that we get approved, because to live in a place we OWN instead of throw our money away on rent would be HEAVEN, and then we can get a dog =) Well, Hubby thinks so anyway!

EDIT: I just received word from our relator that our credit scores are still too low. You know what I hate? Being SO close and yet being SO far away. Hubby's credit is seriously like THIS = close to being good enough for the loan! Bad news is, we can't pay off some of his debts for a while. The good news is, is that once we do that we will probably qualify. I hope maybe this spring we can try again. I know a few things that would be really easy to get off of there, it's just a matter of getting the money to do it. It just would have been nice to be paying TOWARD something instead of throwing away 6600 dollars a year on a place that won't eventually be ours, and has all these rules about what we can do to the place and not do to it. Oh well. Back to the grind.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Day Zero Update (four weeks)

Today is day 28/1,001! This week also marks the one month cutoff!

WARNING: There may be a spoiler in this thread. If you want to read The Time Travelers Wife, or you haven't seen the movie yet, stop reading NOW!

I finished book number four last night. I stayed up until two a.m. to finish this book because I was right in the climax of the book and I couldn't put it down! Oh man. I was so let down!! If you know anything about the book you know that the main characters are in love and he is a time traveler. Well, in a letter to her, he tells her that he will see her when she is 89 years old, and leaves out all the details because he wants it to be "unrehearsed". THE AUTHOR NEVER TELLS YOU WHAT HAPPENS!! I was so upset! I was left with so many questions:

What happens when he walks through the door? What does she say when she turns around to see him? What do they talk about? What about Alba? Is she a professional violinist? Does Clare play their daughter's music for him? Is Alba married? Does she have children? Does she still time travel or did she decide to do the gene therapy? Do her children time travel too? Do Henry and Clare make love one last time?

And the biggest one: What does he say to her as he fades away for the last time? Does he quote another poem about undying love? Or just a simple "I will love you, always" ?

I'm so let down! I hate to be left hanging! Ugh! I hope that the movie ties it up better than the book did.

As my favorite TAPS members always say: "On to the next!"

As for the rest of my Day Zero goals for this month:

My weekly goals are not going well. I am getting back on the wagon this week! I'm going to workout Wednesday, Friday and Saturday this week since I am off work those days. I think that will become the routine. The only one I managed to keep up with is blogging! I love this, its almost like a diary, and I love knowing that I'm documenting my life and can go back and read it and remember the fun!

As for monthly, I didn't get to spend time with my nephew just yet, but it isn't for lack of trying. Scheduling is always an issue. Maybe I can talk her into coming over to the house with me this evening and hanging out with me. If not, I get to have him all day on Saturday. I think I am going to go pick him up though so that Hubby can have some more time to sleep than if she brought him here at 6 am.

I crossed a few things off the list in these first thirty days and I feel very proud of myself so far...but my biggest hurdle is going to be getting on a weight loss routine. I'm going to do it! Starting this week! I feel healthier, I just don't look it yet. It will come. BACK TO RUNNING!

Goals for this week:

1. Get back on the workout train starting on Wednesday.
3. Work on crosstitch.
4. Finish New Moon. (I have a feeling I'm going to get through 50 book fairly quickly with how much I love to read)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

My Husband Rocks Friday!

The reason that my husband rocks this Friday is he is trying to open up his food tastes and is letting me do more of what I want to cook in the kitchen. I made him Melissa D'Arabian's salmon (I made them with tuna) cakes last night! I could tell that he wasn't too excited about it, but he ended up really liking it! I hope he continues to be open minded because this is the most fun I have had cooking in a LONG TIME!

Because I love when he lets me cook for him.

My husband rocks =)

New Digs!

Hey there! Checking in!

I am well on my way of completing another check - # 10, my recipe book! I have finished designing the pages, and now all I have to do is get all the recipes into the format and print! That is going to be the time consuming part.

I am also planning on finishing our thank-you cards this weekend, or at least by Tuesday night of next week. I am tired of thinking about them, and not doing anything. And, they need to be done. So I will be working on that soon. That will be another check for me!

My mom and I were talking today about family portraits. We can get 14 sheets of photos, a 10x13, and a cd of all the poses for $140.00! That's a really good price. I am excited about getting them done, and getting some casual, professional photos of the hubby and me. Exciting!

I think that's all I have to update on! Have a good weekend!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Employment Hopes

I went on an interwiew yesterday for the Buffalo Wild Wings in Hagerstown, and he seemed to really like me! Hubby said that he overheard them talking and said that the guy had been doing interviews for over an hour, so I know they're needing someone. He did say that they were looking for someone with more open availability, but he also said that he was impressed with my experience and training, and that if I am willing to work with him, then he would more than likely be willing to work with me. I'm going to give them a call over there in a few days to talk to him and see where we are at. I need this job, so please say a little prayer for me! If I don't get it, I am not sure at ALL what I am going to do, and the money runs out this paycheck. After this I am officially down to part time money.

Since I am getting paid this weekend, I am going to get some ingredients to make TWO new dinners this weekend and next week! I am planning on doing Rachael Ray's fried ravioli and maybe a chicken dish of some type. There is a chicken and rice dish in my Campbell's cookbook that I'm interested in, and we will probably go for that. I am also really interested in the recipe that I saw on this weeks episode of 10 Dollar Dinners - it was a shrimp linguine with a garlic butter type sauce and it looked really complicated (like in the way that I will probably use every pot in my kitchen to try to make this thing) but it also looked REALLY yummy and apparently...CHEAP which is TOTALLY my style. So, I told Hubby to watch the episode and if he thinks that he will like it then we'll try it. We just had Olive Garden yesterday (never ending pasta bowl yay) so I don't think he'll be in the mood for pasta for a few days. lol

As soon as my schedule gets a little more settled I am going to start with the workouts again. I am also going to start back with the 8:00 am wake up time tomorrow. I am back to being tired all the time again, and I want to eat breakfast in the mornings!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Day Zero Update: Day 21 (three weeks)

Today is day 21 of 1,001. I've pretty much been MIA this week, and I apologize! I'll get back into it soon I promise. I've been really stressed out with finding a job, and now my two week buffer is gone, and if I don't find a weekend job soon I'm going to get behind on money fast.

I haven't been working out, I haven't cooked a new dinner for this week yet, however I have been doing good on my water, and not drinking too much soda, but it hasn't affected my weight at all from what I can tell, so I'm a little bummed about that.

I crossed another book off the list: Twilight. I started on New Moon, but then purchased The Time Travelers Wife, so I am going to read that first. I'm about a quarter of the way through and so far it's really good.

I also crossed another item off the list - #16. Create computer-based address book w/birthdays & either print or backup on disc. I now have an excel document full of red blanks with information that I still need but hey, it's created! I'm working on getting the rest of the info for my birthday card list, and for my christmas cards this year!

Still no Netflix, so no more progress on the movies. I think by the time we get it back I'm going to have to do four or five movies a month just to watch them all by my cutoff date!

Other than that, there's really nothing to report. I'll get back on the wagon here soon. I promise. I am considering revising my "workout goals" to me not so many things. Just one "lose 50 pounds healthily" without so many different things that I have to do each week. Of course, working out three times a week will still be my goal, but that way I won't feel so bad if something comes up and I only workout two times that week.

Friday, September 11, 2009

My Husband Rocks!

My reasoning for why my husband rocks this week is pretty deep. I have been having alot of stress-related outbursts and overall general laziness this week, because quite honestly this whole getting my hours cut in half at work is really depressing me. On top of that, I can't seem to find a part time serving job, which is the only way I will be able to make up that money that I'm losing, and have a safe barrier just in case I don't make my monthly quota and don't receive commission. Not that it would happen... (I hope) Anyway, he's been so supportive and has taken "the beating" this week of my sharty moods, and that is why my husband rocks this week.

Because he puts up with my crap.

My husband rocks =)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Day Zero Update (2 weeks)

So today is Day 14 of 1,001. I feel like I have so far to go, and I'm already slipping up.

This Labor Day weekend was very hard for me. I didn't stick to the getting up at 8 am rule, and I didn't stick to any of my other daily goals. I had a few sodas, and didn't brush my teeth every morning, although I think I only missed one day this past week, which was Saturday. We had a good time this weekend, however, hanging out with our friends and family. No pictures, unfortunately, but I can assure you there is going to start to be more, this blog is kinda boring without it lol.

I did my initial test for the 100 push up Challenge, and it's going to take me longer than I thought. I am going to have to start out with "girlie push ups" and probably have to repeat a few weeks until I can do regular push ups. But I'm ready to start, and I will be doing my first of three workouts Wednesday evening. This week is going to be Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and then will return to Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday next week. I completed my three workouts this week, which I was very proud of! I feel good about it, but I know that I didn't eat as healthily as I would have liked this week, and I'm going to continue to work on that.

I also stopped with the vitamins, they are making me way too nauseas. I'm going to find something else to take. If anyone has any suggestions please feel free to leave them for me!

I'm about a quarter of the way through Twilight now, and I made some progress on my crosstitch, finishing off two more colors. I have eight colors and the outlining left and I am officially finished with a project I started back in 8th grade!

I actually am going to have to hold off on the movies for a month or so, the payment didn't come out of the bank account so we haven't been getting the movies. We will probably be able to do it next week, but wont get the movies I need to watch for a cycle or two. I'll be able to keep up, though because we watch movies ALL the time.

I didn't have time to work on my recipe pages, but I'm not worried about that. I'm more worried about getting the recipes typed into the computer. Maybe I can find some cute cooking themed stationary to use instead. Anyone have any ideas for categories? I'm thinking Appetizers, Entrees, Side Dishes, Desserts, and Drinks. Anything missing?

Next Saturday is Trish's at home reception for her wedding back in August, so I am unable to take my nephew next weekend. I'm not sure when I'm going to be able to take him and spend some time with him, maybe I will have to do it on a Sunday. Not sure yet. I have to figure out my job situation first, which was why I couldn't take him this weekend either, as I was applying for jobs.

I also crossed another thing off of my list this week: I beat Bowser in Super Mario Bros! I was distraught to find out that I was always ONE HIT AWAY from KILLING HIM! For TWENTY YEARS!!! ugh. lol Well, I beat him! That's #76 complete! My next goal is to beat Lion King for SNES. My problem is the second level. I can never seem to get it right, and always end up losing all my lives trying to jump back over these logs that fall once you jump on them. (I know I'm speaking Greek to some of you, I apologize lol) I have found a walk through to help me if I get stuck but I'm hoping that after I get past that part that I won't need it.

Goals for this week:

1. Three workouts including week 1 of the push up challenge.
2. Work on crosstitch.
3. Continue reading Twilight.
4. Play some Lion King and see if I can get past the second level.
5. GET ON THOSE THANK YOU CARDS!! I dont even have that many, there shouldn't be any excuse.
6. (not on Day Zero list) Find a job and get hired already!

Have a great week everyone!
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